High Performance Advisors Join Road to Excellence Initiative

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Road to Excellence (RTE) announced today the recent hiring of Mitch Geller and Sean Scott, who have joined the organization as high performance advisors. As well, administrative coordinator Shelley Milton has been brought aboard, providing Road to Excellence with an increased capacity in staff as it gears for the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“Road to Excellence is very excited to have Mitch, Sean and Shelley as part of the RTE team,” said Alex Baumann, Executive Director of Road to Excellence and double Olympic gold medallist in swimming. “All three bring a great deal of passion, insight and experience to Road to Excellence, which can only help Canadian athletes in their continued pursuit of excellence.”

Geller is chief technical officer at Diving Plongeon Canada (DPC) and brings an assorted background in, among other areas, motivational strategies, Olympic preparation plans, budget management and national team selection. He also has significant major games experience dating back to 1990. While continuing as the overall lead for DPC technical operations, Geller will share his expertise with Road to Excellence on a part-time basis until the 2008 Olympic Games, after which he will join the initiative full time.

He joins an experienced team that includes Scott, a former high performance coaching consultant with the Coaching Association of Canada. Scott also previously served as senior sports consultant at the Australian Sports Commission, where from 2002 to 2007 he led research and analysis into sports policy. He brings a technical expertise in developing programs for national team coaches.

Both Scott and Geller will help Road to Excellence create an environment of training and competition designed to give athletes and coaches the greatest opportunity to achieve podium success at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

Milton brings b project management support to her role as administrative coordinator. She is a former project coordinator with Field Hockey Canada as well as a sports event administrator with Gestev Inc., a Quebec event management firm.

About Road to Excellence
Road to Excellence (RTE) is a collaborative summer sport technical initiative of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and Sport Canada. RTE is designed to provide technical support and assistance to targeted summer National Sport Organizations to prepare athletes for future Olympic and Paralympic Games. The goal for RTE is for Canada to place among the top 12 nations at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and to place among the top five nations at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

For further information, contact :
Claire Buffone-Blair
Director, Planning and Operations, Road to Excellence
(403) 202-6310
claire.buffone@ownthepodium2010.com

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